Published on Sunday, 28 July 2013 21:04
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One of the most time consuming and hard trials of the past 5 years or so has been for me to try and find a Bluetooth wireless headset that can be used while riding on a bike or with the top of my cabrio car down. Something like that may sound a bit funny considering the vast number of wireless headsets in the market especially since most claim to offer plenty of volume combined with some short of wind-filter that makes it very easy for both ends to communicate even in places with lots of wind but to date only one has really worked well enough in such environments and that's no other than the latest Voyager Legend by Plantronics. Well good enough however is not enough for us and so although the Voyager Legend has been our "weapon" of choice for the past year or so we feel that there's still room for improvement and to that end for the past week we've been testing the latest Bluetooth wireless headset by Jabra, the MOTION.
Jabra is the brand of GN Netcom, a subsidiary of GN Store Nord A/S (GN) - listed on NASDAQ OMX. Jabra employs approximately 850 people worldwide and in 2011 produced an annual revenue which amounted to DKK 2,106 million. Jabra is a world leader in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of a broad range of hands-free communications solutions. With a reputation for innovation, reliability, and ease of use that goes back more than two decades, Jabra’s consumer and business divisions produce corded and wireless headsets, plus mobile and in-office speakerphones that empower individuals and businesses through increased freedom of movement, comfort, and functionality.
The MOTION Bluetooth 4.0 compatible wireless headset is really unlike anything we've ever seen in terms of design (although the base design is nothing new) but in the end what's under the hood is what matters the most and so Jabra has equipped it with all of their latest innovative technologies making it by far the most advanced model in their arsenal. The most important feature of the MOTION is without doubt the revolutionary built-in motion sensor which paired with the dual Omni-directional microphones intelligently adapts the sound level to your surroundings so it should have you covered according to Jabra even if you are on a bike or with the windows of your car open (or with the top down). However the MOTION also comes with other equally important features including Jabras intuitive call control system (answers the call automatically when picked up), NFC (Near Field Connection for easy pairing), power nap (battery saving mode), noise blackout v3.0 (dual microphones), wind-noise protection (filter for windy places), HD Voice (superior sound clarity), A2DP v1.6 (multimedia, GPS and podcast streaming), voice guidance (instructions on pairing, remaining battery life, connection status and more), voice control (take or make calls using your voice), touch volume controls (just slide your finger on the volume bar), 100m max operating range (Bluetooth 4.0 compatible devices) and finally an adjustable height for extreme comfort (adapts to any ear). So yea the specifications sheet is quite long but let’s see exactly to what all of these translate to in real use.